5500 Native Trees Planted On Huge SH1 Project

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The Steady Transformation of State Highway One

Treescape Environmental completed the first stage of a landscape enhancement project along SH1 at Kamo in Northland. We were approached by Opus in 2013 to look at how best to cost effectively clear tree weeds from the side of a busy highway and prevent their re-establishment.

Opus prepared a site plan using a range of native offshore island species. The Warkworth guys prepared the site carefully mulching their way through woolly nightshade, gorse, pampas and moth plant - leaving a line of mature cabbage trees. Mulch was then spread, cables and ponga logs installed to carry native climbers and 5500 native trees planted.

There are two more stages to this work - eventually we will have completed 2.5km. The success of this project has provided confidence to Opus that large machinery can be used sensitively and cost effectively on clearing work of this nature; So much so that we are now about to start on a similar project on the SH1 entrance to Whangarei.

Thanks to Ivor Shannon and the Warkworth and Whangarei crews, and to Brydyn Melles - your standard of work and excellent relationships with clients have resulted in a really great partnership with the Opus team.

Written By: Jo Ritchie, Business Manager, Treescape Environmental

September 2014

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